The Crisis in Libya: The International Response

April 5, 2011 - 9:30am - 11:00am



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This Live Seminar examined the modalities through which (elements of) the international community may respond to the ongoing crisis in Libya. Amid reports of violence, refugee and IDP flows, and other forms of instability, this Live Seminar addressed the following questions:
• How may the situation be qualified under international law, and what legal and policy consequences result from such a qualification?
• What tactical and strategic dilemmas arise for the international community, especially in terms of prevention and mitigation of civilian harm?
• What legal and policy frameworks provide a basis through which the international community may respond to the situation in order to repress violations?

These questions were examined by reference to the complex crisis in Libya.


Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (Keynote)

Amb. R. Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Principal Presenter)

Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Dirk Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

Philippa Thomas, Nieman Journalism Fellow, Harvard University

Read more about this Live Seminar at the IHLRI Portal.

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